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We are hoping for a full programme of events in 2022. Here are the ones we have booked so far! we hope to see you at one of them.

4 Dec 2021: Shrewsbury Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
Talk
A journey along the ancient Silk Route from Khiva in Uzbekistan to Kashgar in China looking at the textiles we found along the way.
Bayston Hill Methodist Church Hall, Lansdowne Road, Shrewsbury SY3 0HZ
Sat 4 Dec 2021, 2 pm

Although long gone, the ancient Silk Route which linked China with the west, still retains a memory of former textile glories. This section of the route begins in Khiva and passes through the desert khanates of Bokhara and Samarkhand, across wild and mountainous Kyrgyzstan and finishes on the remote and desolate far western border of China.

The people of these regions have seen huge changes to their traditional ways of life and cultural values by Soviet or Han Chinese domination as well as the ever-present demands of 21st century life. However, hand made textiles still play a central role in everyday life and in many cases, production of handicrafts of all kinds is making a triumphant return.

Jim and I have recently completed an overland trip along the Silk Route focusing on textile producing centres. On the way we discovered carpet making, natural dyeing, fine suzani embroidery, felt making and silk ikat weaving. 

13 Mar 2022: Manchester Antique and Vintage Textile Fair
Show
The Monastery, Manchester
Sun 13 Mar 2022

A Brand New and exciting venue in Manchester for the Textile Society's annual famously fabulous Antique Textile Fair.

A huge array of all kinds of stalls selling World textiles, Vintage Textiles and Clothes and accessories.

Its quite a few years since we've done this Show as the dates have clashed with other events but this year we shall be there, back from our winter trip to South East Asia with our latest finds.

More details will be added as we get them

9 Apr 2022: World Textile Day East
Show
Mundford Village Hall, Mundford, Norfolk IP26 5DW
Sat 9 Apr 2022, 10 - 4 pm

And we're back.... with our first World Textile Day of the year.

With FREE entry and lots to get excited about!

The theme this year is our long awaited (and twice postponed) theme of "CROSSING BORDERS"

A morning talk at 11 am will explore the theme of how people, textiles and techniques cross borders from one country to another, one region to another, spread across a continent or even end up on the other side of the world.

(Please watch this space for details  of the speaker and the title of the talk for Mundford when we have finalised it)

And an afternoon session at 2 pm with two short talks on "Surviving The Pandemic" This session will be devoted to hearing about how the people who supply us have been affected and managed to keep going through the past 2 years with updates from China, S.E. Asia, Africa and Japan amonst other places.

Talks tickets (at £5 for the morning talk and £3 for the afternoon talk will be available on the day from 10 am)

We will have a full range of home made refreshments from the wonderful ladies of the local Quilters Guild.

There is ample free parking at the venue which is between Thetford and Swaffham. The nearest train station is at Brandon.

Further details and updates will be found on our World Textile Day website

23 Apr 2022 to 24 Apr 2022: Wonderwool
Show
Mid Wales Showground, Builth Wells Wales
Sat 23 Apr 2022 to Sun 24 Apr 2022, 10 - 5pm

Oh how we've missed this lovely Show which has had to be cancelled for two years running.

An online version just isn't the same as the opportunity to see, feel and smell the great varieties of wools, yarns, fabrics and textiles on show here.

We hope to be in our usual spot and we hope to see many of our old customers again at this great weekend show. 

Lovely catering stalls are always there too which is a massive plus!

 

7 May 2022: World Textile Day Central
Show
King's Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall, King's Sutton, near Banbury OX173PG
Sat 7 May 2022, 10 - 4 pm

And we're back.... with our first World Textile Day here since 2019

With FREE entry and lots to get excited about!

The theme this year is our long awaited (and twice postponed) theme of "CROSSING BORDERS"

A morning talk at 11 am will explore the theme of how people, textiles and techniques cross borders from one country to another, one region to another, spread across a continent or even end up on the other side of the world.

(Please watch this space for details  of the speaker and the title of the talk for King's Sutton when we have finalised it)

An afternoon session at 2 pm with two short talks on "Surviving The Pandemic" This session will be devoted to hearing about how the people who supply us have been affected and managed to keep going through the past 2 years with updates from China, S.E. Asia, Africa and Japan amonst other places.

Talks tickets (at £5 for the morning talk and £3 for the afternoon talks will be available on the day from 10 am)

We will have a full range of home made refreshments from the wonderful mother and daughter team of Beryl and Adele.

There is ample free parking at the venue which is just north of Banbury and with easy access from the M42. The nearest train station is at King's Sutton with services from Oxford and Banbury

Further details and updates will be found on our World Textile Day website

16 May 2022: Bridgnorth Patch and Quilt Group
Talk
How long can the traditions of making labour intensive hand made textiles continue? A thought provoking talk.
Norton Village Hall, Cheswardine Road, Norton, Shifnal TF11 9EQ
Mon 16 May 2022, 2 pm

Making beautiful hand made textiles is extremely labour intensive, so do we take them for granted? And how long can these traditions continue? What are the prospects for the makers, and the traditional way of life represented by such wonderful textiles?

We’ll look at the past and possible future solutions in this thought provoking talk illustrated with some of our very best textiles from around the world.

21 May 2022: World Textile Day Scotland
Show
Bridge of Allan, Parish Hall, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Scotland
Sat 21 May 2022, 10 - 4 pm

And we're back.... 

With FREE entry and lots to get excited about!

The theme this year is our long awaited (and twice postponed) theme of "CROSSING BORDERS"

A morning talk at 11 am will explore the theme of how people, textiles and techniques cross borders from one country to another, one region to another, spread across a continent or even end up on the other side of the world.

(Please watch this space for details  of the speaker and the title of the talk for Bridge of Allan when we have finalised it)

And an afternoon session at 2 pm with two short talks on "Surviving The Pandemic" This session will be devoted to hearing about how the people who supply us have been affected and managed to keep going through the past 2 years with updates from China, S.E. Asia, Africa and Japan amonst other places.

Talks tickets (at £5 for the morning talk and £3 for the afternoon talk will be available on the day from 10 am)

We will have a full range of home made refreshments from the wonderful ladies of the local Quilters Guild.

There is ample free parking around the delightful little town of Bridge of Allan which is easily accessible from Glasgow, Perth, Edinburgh and Stirling. The nearest train station is just a short walk away at Bridge of Allan.

Further details and updates will be found on our World Textile Day website

4 Jul 2022: Malvern Quilters
Talk
Wonderful costumes and textiles made for special occasions such as weddings, festivals and religious ceremonies
Church of Ascension Hall, Somers Park Road, Malvern WR14 1XA
Mon 4 Jul 2022, 7.15 pm

   

Glamour, glitter, gold, intricate weavings and stunning embroideries are all part of the textiles and costumes made and worn for weddings, festivals and temple ceremonies.

A wedding in Java, a temple ceremony in Bali, New Year celebrations amongst the hilltribes of Northern Thailand, and a Yao wedding in Laos.

The significance of the textiles, and the stories of their designs are as fascinating as the way they are made and the events they are made for. Come and enjoy!

5 Jul 2022: Solihull Embroiderer's Guild
Talk
Beautiful batik textiles from Java. You will never look at batik in the same way again!
Solihull Methodist Church Hall, Blossomfield Road, Solihull B91 1LG
Tue 5 Jul 2022, 7.30 pm

   

The people of Java produce the finest batik in the world, and yet most of the makers are poor and their stories remain untold.

The traditions of making this unique fabric by waxing and dyeing are centuries old and carefully passed on from mother to daughter.

You will be amazed at the patience and expert skills which are needed to make these beautiful cloths and fascinated by the stories and the people behind them.

9 Jul 2022 to 23 Jul 2022: Thirty Five Years and counting... an Exhibition by The Batik Guild
Show
The Minerva Centre, Great Oak Street, Llanidloes, mid Wales SY18 6BY
Sat 9 Jul 2022 to Sat 23 Jul 2022, 10 - 4.30 pm

Our first International Exhibition for several years. The Batik Guild has members all over the World from Europe, Asia, America North and South, Australia and Africa.

All members have been invited to send a piece of work and we will include as many as we can in this beautiful exhibition celebrating the diversity and the wax- melting versality of the BATIK technique in all its glory!

There will be a full programme of  workshops throughout the two weeks (inc three weekends) with speakers and teachers showing, demonstrating and teaching a whole range of amazing skills. A fantastic opportunity to learn from the very best.

More details will be here as we finalise them.

27 Aug 2022: World Textile Day North
Show
Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7QN
Sat 27 Aug 2022, 10 - 4 pm

And we're back.... 

With FREE entry and lots to get excited about!

The theme this year is our long awaited (and twice postponed) theme of "CROSSING BORDERS"

A morning talk at 11 am will explore the theme of how people, textiles and techniques cross borders from one country to another, one region to another, spread across a continent or even end up on the other side of the world.

(Please watch this space for details  of the speaker and the title of the talk for Frodsham when we have finalised it)

And an afternoon session at 2 pm with two short talks on "Surviving The Pandemic" This session will be devoted to hearing about how the people who supply us have been affected and managed to keep going through the past 2 years with updates from China, S.E. Asia, Africa and Japan amonst other places.

Talks tickets (at £5 for the morning talk and £3 for the afternoon talk will be available on the day from 10 am)

We will have a full range of home made refreshments from the wonderful ladies of the local Community association

There is ample free parking at this venue and easy walking distance into Frodsham itself. This venue is very easily accessible from Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Chester and the Wirral from the M62, M6 and M66 mortorways. The nearest train station is just a short walk away at Frodsham

Further details and updates will be found on our World Textile Day website

3 Sep 2022: World Textile Day Wales
Show
The Minerva Centre, Great Oak Street, Llanidloes, mid Wales
Sat 3 Sep 2022, 10 - 4 pm

And we're back.... 

With FREE entry and lots to get excited about!

The theme this year is our long awaited (and twice postponed) theme of "CROSSING BORDERS"

A morning talk at 11 am will explore the theme of how people, textiles and techniques cross borders from one country to another, one region to another, spread across a continent or even end up on the other side of the world.

(Please watch this space for details  of the speaker and the title of the talk for Llandiloes when we have finalised it)

And an afternoon session at 2 pm with two short talks on "Surviving The Pandemic" This session will be devoted to hearing about how the people who supply us have been affected and managed to keep going through the past 2 years with updates from China, S.E. Asia, Africa and Japan amonst other places.

Talks tickets (at £5 for the morning talk and £3 for the afternoon talk will be available on the day from 10 am)

We will have a full range of home made refreshments from the wonderful ladies of the Quilt Association

There is ample free and cheap long stay parking in the delightful little market town of Llanidloes and the venue is right in the middle of town with access to wonderful cafes, shops and beauty spots on the River Severn.The nearest train station is at Caersws.

Further details and updates will be found on our World Textile Day website

10 Sep 2022: World Textile Day Market
Show
Chipping Norton Town Hall, Chipping Norton Oxfordshire
Sat 10 Sep 2022, 10 - 4 pm

A first venture for us - a Pop Up World Textile Day Market in this historic Town Hall in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Come and meet the experts in world textiles from all over the UK with their tempting arrays of fabrics, vintage textiles, clothes, jewellery, baskets, beads and more. A chance too to bring along any textiles you would like to show us for more information or a valuation.

Our experts know quite a thing or two about textiles from Afghanistan to Zambia via such places as Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Guatamala, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Egypt, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos,  Mali, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam,

1 Oct 2022: World Textile Day West
Show
Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, Saltford, near Bristol BS31 3BY
Sat 1 Oct 2022, 10 - 4 pm

And we're back.... 

With FREE entry and lots to get excited about!

The theme this year is our long awaited (and twice postponed) theme of "CROSSING BORDERS"

A morning talk at 11 am will explore the theme of how people, textiles and techniques cross borders from one country to another, one region to another, spread across a continent or even end up on the other side of the world.

(Please watch this space for details  of the speaker and the title of the talk for Saltford when we have finalised it)

And an afternoon session at 2 pm with two short talks on "Surviving The Pandemic" This session will be devoted to hearing about how the people who supply us have been affected and managed to keep going through the past 2 years with updates from China, S.E. Asia, Africa and Japan amonst other places.

Talks tickets (at £5 for the morning talk and £3 for the afternoon talk will be available on the day from 10 am)

We will have a full range of home made refreshments from the wonderful Saltford Community Association's very own cafe onsite.

There is ample free parking around this venue and the venue is also very easily accessed by bus from both Bristol and Bath. Saltford is roughly halfway between both. The nearest train station is at Keynsham.

Further details and updates will be found on our World Textile Day website

9 Oct 2022: World Textile Day South
Show
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Brockenhurst, New Forest Hampshire SO42 7RY
Sun 9 Oct 2022, 10 - 4 pm

And we're back at this wonderful new venue.... 

With FREE entry and lots to get excited about!

The theme this year is our long awaited (and twice postponed) theme of "CROSSING BORDERS"

A morning talk at 11 am will explore the theme of how people, textiles and techniques cross borders from one country to another, one region to another, spread across a continent or even end up on the other side of the world.

(Please watch this space for details  of the speaker and the title of the talk for Brockenhurst when we have finalised it)

And an afternoon session at 2 pm with two short talks on "Surviving The Pandemic" This session will be devoted to hearing about how the people who supply us have been affected and managed to keep going through the past 2 years with updates from China, S.E. Asia, Africa and Japan amonst other places.

Talks tickets (at £5 for the morning talk and £3 for the afternoon talk will be available on the day from 10 am)

We will have a full range of home made refreshments from the wonderful local Quilt group

The wonderful delights of the New Forest are right on the doorstep. There is ample free parking at this venue and the nearest train station is just a short walk away at Brockenhurst. 

Further details and updates will be found on our World Textile Day website